Articles: Press Release
USET Paving Way For U.S. Vaulters at World Equestrian Games
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladstone, New Jersey –April 1, 2002–The United States Equestrian Team’s
(USET) preparations for sending squads to compete in World Championships in
seven disciplines at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Jerez de la
Frontera, Spain includes unprecedented efforts on behalf of U.S. vaulters.
In January, Adrienne Stang and Emma Drinker of the American Vaulting
Association (AVA) took part in a USET fact-finding trip to Jerez to prepare
for this year’s Games. Stang and Drinker worked closely with Sally Ike, the
USET’s Director of Vaulting Activities, and joined the Team’s discipline
directors of Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing, Reining and Show
Jumping in touring the venues and surrounding areas of the upcoming World
Equestrian Games. This was the first time vaulting representatives have
ever had the opportunity to visit a World Equestrian Games venue beforehand,
meet with the Organizing Committee, and be proactive about planning for
hotels, travel, etc.
“The vaulting community is excited about the support the USET is giving to
our sport,” said J. Ashton Moore, American Vaulting Association Co-Founder
and Technical Advisor and USET Vice President of Vaulting. “Not only will
our athletes attend the Games better prepared than ever before, but they
will do so with a tremendous feeling of unity based on being part of a
genuine “team” comprising athletes from all seven USET international
As is the case with all its disciplines, the USET has established a vaulting
committee to serve as a liaison to the vaulting community and to participate
in developing procedures related to international competition.
Members of the USET Vaulting Committee for 2002 are: J. Ashton Moore,
Chairman; Adrienne Stang, Vice Chairman; Linda Bibbler; Emma Drinker;
Priscilla B. Faulker; Deborah P. Harrison, DVM; Christine Traurig; Jan
Weber; George Williams; and Sydney Frankel, Owner Representative.
Sally Ike, who has served as the USET Director of Show Jumping Activities
since 1989, has been named as the USET Director of Vaulting Activities to go
along with her Show Jumping duties. Ike, a past Chairman of the American
Horse Shows Association (AHSA) Vaulting Committee, has an extensive
background in equestrian sports having been an alternate member of the 1968
Olympic Three-Day Event squad as well as having successfully competed in the
Hunter, Jumper and Dressage Divisions. She is also an AHSA Judge and
Technical Delegate for Eventing, a Jumper Judge and an FEI Steward for Show
Jumping and Eventing.
“The USET is busy coordinating preparations for the World
Equestrian Games,” she said. “Our job is to take care of all the details so
that our athletes can focus on turning in medal-winning performances. We
are very excited about the prospects of our vaulters bringing home medals
from this year’s Games.”
The USET is in the midst of a fundraising drive designed to
ensure that U.S. squads in all seven FEI disciplines will have sufficient
funding to compete at the World Equestrian Games without distraction.
Donations can be earmarked specifically for vaulting, or for any
discipline, and will be used only for the specific discipline and not for
any administrative or other non-athlete related expenses. To direct
contributions in this way, vaulting supporters should be sure to write: 2002
Vaulting Program on their checks and send them to USET, Pottersville Road,
Gladstone, NJ 07934.
The support of the American equestrian community is the surest
way to help athletes in vaulting and all the World Equestrian Games
disciplines turn in medal-winning performances!
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.